English 8115, Technical Writing
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This syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary.
English 8115 aims to help you develop the skills you will need to write scientific and technical documents successfully. The course will introduce you to the rhetorical principles and compositional practices necessary for writing effective and professional communications, such as reports, instructions, and documentation, within your own profession, including
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the nature of a technical writer's work, the course will involve both individual
and collaborative assignments. You will be expected to apply the principles
learned in class to your knowledge of your own field of study and/or work.
The course will involve a variety of class periods when you will have the
freedom and responsibility to complete tasks at your own discretion.
|Required Texts|| Haramundanis,
Katherine. (1998). The Art of Technical
Documentation. Boston: Digital.
You will need to following materials for this class:
Assignments will be graded on the standard letter scale of A, B, C, D, F. During the course of the quarter, I will also use pluses and minuses to give you a clearer picture of where your grade stands in the range possible for that letter. I will use the "A" and "B" grades to distinguish professional quality work. These documents are those which meet the audience's needs and are of a quality that could be handed out in a workplace setting.
Grades will be based on the general criteria below and on the specific criteria discussed in class for each assignment. These criteria and our discussions in class are your best guides to what I expect from an assignment.
We will discuss specific criteria for each assignment in class, but the following general criteria will be used for grading:
For each project, you will turn in a portfolio of work, including at least one draft, a final version, and an assessment memo explaining the document purpose/task, the construction of the document, and its production. For group projects, you will also complete a group evaluation, assessing your own contribution to the project and that of your group members. Group projects will typically be given one grade, but individual group participation will be factored into the grade of each member. Therefore, I reserve the right to give different grades to individuals based on poor and/or disruptive performance.
will be downgraded one letter per business day late, unless arrangements
have been made for a late turn-in before the class in which the assignment
is due. You can not come to class and expect to have a later due date
at the last minute without some penalty. Last minute emergencies, such
as printing or disk problems, are not acceptable reasons for late work.
You should always plan in enough time to proofread work, as well as have
it printed (if it is a print document).
Class attendance is required. You are expected to be in class on time and to be ready to work when you arrive. This is not only what is expected of you by the university, it is also the standard in the workplace. We will often work on projects and in groups during the term and there is no substitute for your presence in class.
If you miss more than three classes during the term, your final grade will be dropped a letter grade for lack of participation and professionalism . Being late for class or leaving early is also unprofessional conduct and counts as an absence.
covered by university policy are, of course, allowed. And emergencies
happen. If you know you will not be able to make it to class, call or
e-mail me as soon as possible. We can then arrange for you to make up
missed work. You are responsible for contacting your group in the event
of an absence to make arrangements to do your share of the group's work.
are expected to produce high-quality professional documents. A part of that
quality is the appearance of your work. Your assignments should be printed
at least in a minimum standard of 300 dpi. Laser printing is recommended.
Your documents should have appropriate margins, spacing, and formatting
for the type of document you are turning in. there should be no obvious
last-minute changes to the work (i.e. use of white out or hand written information).
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